HB 3342 currently sits at Governor John Kitzhaber’s desk pending his approval and signature. The bill is a major step forward for Union organizing in Oregon as it prevents state county and local employees for deterring unionization. Elana Guiney, the Oregon AFL-CIO legislative and communication director stated that “it prevents public sector managers from using public dollars to weigh in on union organizing drives based on their personal opinion.” (nwlaborpress.org). The importance of this bill is hard to overstate. This means that public sector employees can’t use the public’s money to prevent unionization. This is a sizable step forward for the ability of individuals to seek a joint Union representation.
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